New Toys

So I recently got myself a pair of Cactus V6ii triggers to that I can use off camera flash more easily in HSS (High Speed Sync – basically I can use a faster shutter speed when using my flash) these triggers work on a radio frequency so I don’t have to be in line of sight of the triggers which is ideal for when I am photographing in woods or if I want the flash behind or to the side of me. I also got myself a Neewer softbox flash defuser.

I have followed a lot of amazing dog photographers on instagram and am really inspired by the results that they get when using off camera flash with a softbox and want to do some similar photographs myself.

I briefly  tested the triggers out inside and over the weekend at the bike park but wanted to do a proper test of them paired with the softbox, so I set everything up and grabbed my ever willing model and went into the field behind my house to try things out properly.

Once I had set up in the field my beautiful puppy dawg joined me, we were out shooting just after 7pm which at the moment is in the golden hour just before the sun sets. Unfortunately there was a fair bit of cloud cover so the colours weren’t as vibrant as I had hoped but I am very happy with my results 🙂

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I edited the RAW files in lightroom and then removed some road signs in Photoshop to clean the background up.

I am so happy with the images I got, they came out exactly as I hoped they would (which doesn’t usually happen). I am excited to get out and use this new gear for more photos and hopefully with some more models, now I’ve got the setup I want I am going to try and pursue dog photography a bit more as I love it so much. #dogsrule

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Using flash when shooting sports

Just wanted to go into why I sometimes use a flash when I am photographing mountain bikers.

So as some of you may know there are many many trees at Revolution Bike Park – it being a wood and all! This is great for beautiful back drops but it does somewhat reduce the amount of light that gets to the tracks. The photos can be left looking a bit flat with the camera settings required to capture the fast action so I sometimes us a flash gun off camera to fill in some of the shadows and create a more dynamic image.

I place the flash gun so it is off to the side of the track and will not flash straight into the riders faces and then can change the settings in camera to add or lessen the light from the flash. I use a Sigma EF630 which is capable of High Speed Sync (HSS) so I am able to use the fast shutter speeds to keep the riders frozen as well as adding in some extra light.

Flash BlogThe 2 images above show the same rider on the same section of track (taken about 20-30 minuets apart). As you can see on the image on the right the rider stands out more than in the image on the left.

 

So that is why I use a flash when photographing some of the action 🙂